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GP Week : Issue 32
>>Moto GPnews Simoncelli needs rostrum to seal crown 250 World Champion elect Marco Simoncelli needs to finish in the top three at next weekend’s Malaysian GP to be absolutely sure of winning his first title. With 50 points left on the table and a lead over Alvaro Bautista of just 37 points, even fourth place would not be enough, if Bautista wins. That would give the Spanish Aprilia rider the chance to equal him by winning the final round at Valencia, if Simoncelli did not finish. And Bautista would be champion, by virtue of four second places, versus two for Simoncelli. The 250 crown is the last to be decided this year, with second place also up for grabs. Red Bull KTM rider Mika Kallio, who led the championship for the first part of the year, is only 12 points adrift of Bautista, and a strong finish to the season could see him move back ahead. All three have twice recorded zero points. For Simoncelli and Bautista, each no-score was because of crashing, once when the pair collided on the last lap at Jerez: Bautista’s bike seized on the last lap and Simoncelli was too close behind to avoid hitting him. Kallio however has crashed only once, colliding with his team-mate at Misano. His other no-score was a mechanical failure at Catalunya. Other positions yet to be decided are in MotoGP. Pedrosa has only the most distant of chances to take second overall from Stoner, who has an advantage of 36 points; but the Spaniard is in some danger of losing third overall to his compatriot Lorenzo, 27 points behind. New faces for MotoGP DUCATI’S Alice-sponsored satellite team is expected officially to confirm Mika Kallio and Nicolo Canepa as its 2009 riders at next weekend’s Malaysian GP. Kallio moves up from the 250 class, while Canepa will be making his GP debut, after impressing as Ducati test rider. The other new face on the grid will be another ex-250 rider Yuki Takahashi, whose promotion within the Scot 14 Honda team was confirmed at Motegi. He takes the place of current rider Andrea Dovizioso, who has been snapped up as Pedrosa’s team- mate in the Repsol-backed factory team. Two more prospective slots are yet to be confirmed. One is the new Kawasaki satellite team, to be run by 250/125 team principal Jorge “Aspar” Martinez. After speculation involving both Sete Gibernau and Aspar’s current 250 star Alvaro Bautista, the most likely candidate is Alex Debon. The 32-year-old Spanish rider’s career was rescued this year when he took the place of Jorge Lorenzo on the Lotus Aprilia after several wild card rides in 2007. Debon proved his talent to have been under-rated for years, not only recording his first pole positions, but also two GP wins, at Le Mans and Brno. The other intriguing possibility remains the racing return of twice World Championship runner up Sete Gibernau. The veteran’s name has been linked with the Ducati factory team and the new Kawasaki team, and now with the proposed third Ducati satellite team, to be sponsored out of Spain by Onde 2000.